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Bangkok Airports Shut Down as Protests Continue


Thailand's main international airport remains shut to all traffic after anti-government protesters overran the facility. As Kate Pound Dawson reports, tensions in the city are high after several small bombs hit pro- and anti-government groups.

Leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy vow to continue blockading both the main international airport at Bangkok and the city's domestic airport.

Thousands of travelers have been stranded since late Tuesday.

The PAD demands that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resign and accuses him of acting on behalf of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

In a push to oust the government, the PAD this week has blockaded parliament and kept the cabinet from meeting. Security forces have offered little resistance and seem determined to avoid clashes.

Kraisak Choonhavan, a member of parliament from the opposition Democrat Party, says the PAD has brought thousands of supporters in from the countryside.

"They're trying to stimulate what we call a strike that would immobilize the government," said Kraisak.

Several PAD members and some government supporters were injured in small bomb blasts overnight, including three at the international airport.



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